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The NoVA Business Podcast - Jessica Du Bois & Derek Winn EPISODE 5, 15th December 2020
The East Coast Silicon Valley with Jennifer Taylor, CEO of The Northern Virginia Technology Council
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The East Coast Silicon Valley with Jennifer Taylor, CEO of The Northern Virginia Technology Council

Jennifer Taylor is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), one of the largest regional technology councils in the nation and serves as the regional technology voice representing a diverse and thriving technology ecosystem by promoting innovation, convening, educating, and advocating for the greater Washington technology community.

Taylor, a native of the DC region for 30 years, joined NVTC from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) where she served as Vice President of Industry Affairs. During her time at CTA, she engaged with its over 2,000 member companies from Amazon, BOSCH, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Sony Electronics to Ford, Lyft, Toyota, and Uber. Taylor also launched CTA’s 21st Century Workforce Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to help the tech sector close the nation’s skills gap, increase awareness of the growing number of high-skilled tech-related jobs, and build a fully equipped, diverse and inclusive national workforce.

Taylor frequently writes and speaks on the topic of ‘The Future of Work’, highlighting best practices and new ways for employers to attract, hire, train, and upskill Americans to perform in-demand jobs. Her op-eds and articles have appeared in publications such as The HillFox Business NewsThe Next Web’s PODIUM, and It Is Innovation-i3. Taylor has also served as a host and presenter at CES, the Global Stage for Innovation, in the CES Future of Work and Innovation for All conference tracks.

Highlights of this episode:

  • The fall of blue-collar cities
  • Apprenticeships as the liaison to tech jobs
  • Diversity and inclusion in the tech sector
  • Our ‘new collar’ workforce
  • Roadmap of Northern Virginia Technology Council

Book mentioned: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Jennifer Taylor on LinkedIn